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This section of the News and Media Services department site tracks stories in print and broadcast media that feature Auggie faculty, students, and staff. The area also is home to material developed for University-related programs, events, and more.

Jeanne Boeh Discusses US Economy on WCCO

Jeanne Boeh on WCCO
Jeanne Boeh on WCCO

WCCO sought input from Jeanne Boeh, professor of economics at Augsburg University, on the US economy during the current COVID-19 global pandemic. Boeh explained we’re going through an “economic shock”. The last time we went through one was in the 1980’s with the great recession, where the unemployment rate was not as fast as what we’re experiencing now. Boeh also said more people nationally are more concerned about the financial implications than they are about the actual illness due to the low death rate.

 

Watch the full interview on the WCCO website.

 

Task Force Monitoring Minnesota Department of Health Guidelines

An Augsburg University task force is tracking the COVID-19 outbreak and following the advice of the Minnesota Department of Health. See the Updates page for the most recent posts. 

The university is checking the Minnesota Department of Health for updates. An Augsburg task force is monitoring recommendations from the MDH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The MDH isn’t yet recommending that events or extracurricular activities be canceled. The CDC offers detailed information for travelers.

Meanwhile, Augsburg encourages students, staff, and faculty to follow the MDH recommendations to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water, stay home when you have a fever, and cover your cough. If you are sick with fever and cough, call your health care provider first and follow recommendations from the MDH.

Visit Augsburg’s Outbreak Planning website for more details.

See Augsburg’s most recent statement about classes and operations as of March 12.

The Chronicle of Higher Education Highlights Augsburg’s Inclusion Efforts

The QuadThe Chronicle of Higher Education highlighted Augsburg University as one of the colleges that met its enrollment goals this year by “paying attention to the changing diversity of Minnesota’s population and recruiting a correspondingly diverse student body.”

“We wanted to enroll an intentionally diverse mix of students in part because we thought that it would offer a richer academic experience for all students,” said Augsburg’s Provost and Chief Academic Officer Karen Kaivola, in the article.

Augsburg’s current first-year class is the largest and most diverse ever. For the past three years, more than half of Augsburg’s incoming class have been students of color. The article notes Augsburg’s efforts to recruit minorities, such as working with organizations like Act Six, College Possible, and the recent hiring of a “chief inclusion officer” to help navigate conversations on campus about race and diversity.

Read the full article at The Chronicle of Higher Education website.

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History Professor Bill Green wins Minnesota book award

The Children of Lincoln: White Paternalism and the Limits of Black Opportunity in Minnesota, 1860-1876

Augsburg History Professor Bill Green is the winner of the 2020 Hognander Minnesota History Award for his book “The Children of Lincoln: White Paternalism and the Limits of Black Opportunity in Minnesota, 1860-1876”. The book reveals a pattern of racial paternalism in Minnesota after Emancipation.

According to the Pioneer Press, Hognander Award judges said Green’s book was chosen “based on its significance to Minnesota’s history, and its contribution to the broader panorama of race relations and the context of Reconstruction in American history.”

Green, a former Minneapolis Public Schools superintendent, is a second-time winner of this award. In 2016, he was awarded for his book “Degrees of Freedom: The Origins of Civil Rights in Minnesota, 1865-1912.

Read the full article at the Pioneer Press website.

Psychology Professor Nancy Steblay quoted in Star Tribune article about bill for stronger eyewitness ID practices in MN

Professor Nancy Steblay
Professor Nancy Steblay

Augsburg Psychology Professor Nancy Steblay was quoted in a Star Tribune article about a bill for stronger eyewitness ID practices in Minnesota. Steblay is a leader in the research of eyewitness identification in the United States. Star Tribune reported that in recent years, a growing body of research has driven federal law enforcement agencies to change their practices on what makes a sound eyewitness identification.

“The bill represents a consensus of what makes sound science among experts in the field, vetted by the National Academy of Sciences. The rules are also practical for law enforcement to implement” Steblay told the Star Tribune. “The combination of good science and a practice that works makes these very powerful recommendations”.

Read the full article at the Star Tribune website.

Star Tribune interview with Steve Humerickhouse, executive director of the Forum on Workplace Inclusion®

Steve Humerickhouse
Steve Humerickhouse | Star Tribune

Steve Humerickhouse, executive director of The Forum on Workplace Inclusion®, spoke with the Star Tribune’s Gail Rosenblum about how the Twin Cities is becoming one of the largest hubs for workplace diversity and inclusion.

Augsburg University became home to the Forum on Workplace Inclusion on July 1. The Forum is the nation’s largest workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion conference designed for a national and global audience.

Humerickhouse shared some of The Forum’s resources in the article: “We hold a breakfast series three times a year and offer a series of 10 webinars attended by upward of 500 diversity and inclusion experts from around the world. We also create 24 original podcasts each year and blog out articles on social media. The conference is our flagship event, bringing in global speakers from Australia to England to South Africa.

The Forum’s 32nd annual conference is March 10 –12 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. On March 11, Augsburg’s President Paul Pribbenow will share the story of Augsburg’s journey with its many concrete implications for policy and practice.

Read the full article at the Star Tribune website.

WCCO: Augsburg Professor Discusses Coronavirus Economic Impact

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WCCO

Augsburg’s Professor of Economics Jeanne Boeh talks to WCCO about the economic impact of the Coronavirus outbreak in China.

Parts of Apple’s products are made in China, where many of the employees aren’t at work because of the outbreak, and that pushes back the production schedule.

“Companies are already ramping up for next Christmas. And some of those prototypes and those kinds of things happen in China right now, and so if those don’t happen, that pushes back the schedule all the way until next Christmas,” Boeh told WCCO. “Many workers in China are going without a paycheck right now, which will affect how much money they spend.”

See the full report on WCCO’s website.

Media Advisory: Augsburg’s President Speaks March 11 at The Forum on Workplace Inclusion® in Minneapolis

Augsburg University, the new home of The Forum on Workplace Inclusion, has been on a journey during the past Paul Pribbenowdecade to become an institution that embraces diversity, works at inclusion, and seeks equity. It is a journey with lessons for other higher education institutions, as well as other organizations.

On March 11, Augsburg’s President Paul Pribbenow will share the story of Augsburg’s journey with its many concrete implications for policy and practice, including efforts to make higher education more accessible to diverse students, internal work to build intercultural competencies, and governance strategies that position Augsburg as a thought and practice leader in the DEI space.

The session from 9:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., March 11 is called Hospitality is Not Enough: An Institutional Journey From Diversity to Inclusion to Equity.

Media are invited to attend.
To RSVP, contact: Gita Sitaramiah, Director of PR and Internal Communications, 612-330-1476.

About Augsburg
Augsburg University, celebrating its 150th anniversary, offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and 11 graduate degrees to 3,400 students of diverse backgrounds at its campus in the vibrant center of the Twin Cities and nearby Rochester, Minnesota, location. Augsburg educates students to be informed citizens, thoughtful stewards, critical thinkers, and responsible leaders. An Augsburg education is defined by excellence in the liberal arts and professional studies, guided by the faith and values of the Lutheran church, and shaped by its urban and global settings. Learn more at Augsburg.edu.

About The Forum
For 32 years, The Forum has served as a convening hub for those seeking to grow professional leadership and effectiveness skills in the field of diversity, equity, and inclusion by engaging people, advancing ideas, and igniting change. The annual conference is HRCI and SHRM Continuing Education Credit (CEU) eligible. For rates, registration, or more information, visit ForumWorkplaceInclusion.org

Forum on Workplace Inclusion® Conference “Facing Forward” Registration Now Open

The Forum on Workplace Inclusion® (The Forum) at Augsburg University has opened registration for its 32nd annual conference “Facing Forward.” The Forum’s annual conference will take place on March 10, 11, and 12 at the Minneapolis Convention Center in downtown Minneapolis, MN. Discounted “early bird” rates, group rates, and team meeting packages are now available.

The 32nd annual conference focuses on equipping the workforce and workplaces with the diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) skills needed to sustain businesses into a forward-facing future that is innovative on both local and global levels.

“The Forum provides learning and development opportunities from nuts and bolts tactics to straight from the headlines hot button issues,” said Steve Humerickhouse, The Forum’s executive director.

“The Forum audience is broad macrocosm of people interested in diversity, equity, and inclusion; it is equally valuable for HR and diversity practitioners as well as any professional in the workplace,” he said.

The Forum on Workplace Inclusion annual conference is the nation’s largest – and one of the world’s largest – workplace DEI conferences designed for national and global audiences.

“Augsburg University is one of the most diverse private colleges in the Midwest and proud to partner with The Forum to help expand diversity, equity, and inclusion skills, so our students can fully participate and succeed in the workforce,” said Paul Pribbenow, Augsburg’s president.

The annual conference features more than 96 sessions, three featured general sessions, more than 180 presenters and speakers from around the world, and our innovative 40,000 sq. ft. Marketplace of Ideas exhibitor space.

Also returning is the popular DEI Coaching Center where leading DEI professionals provide outcome-focused coaching attendees can apply when returning to the workplace. Space is limited. Early registration is encouraged.

Media contact: Gita Sitaramiah
Director of PR and Internal Communications
Augsburg University
612-330-1476

About The Forum
For 32 years, The Forum has served as a convening hub for those seeking to grow professional leadership and effectiveness skills in the field of diversity, equity, and inclusion by engaging people, advancing ideas, and igniting change.

The annual conference is HRCI and SHRM Continuing Education Credit (CEU) eligible.

For rates, registration, or more information, visit ForumWorkplaceInclusion.org

About Augsburg
Augsburg University, celebrating its 150th anniversary, offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and 11 graduate degrees to 3,400 students of diverse backgrounds at its campus in the vibrant center of the Twin Cities and nearby Rochester, Minnesota, location. Augsburg educates students to be informed citizens, thoughtful stewards, critical thinkers, and responsible leaders. An Augsburg education is defined by excellence in the liberal arts and professional studies, guided by the faith and values of the Lutheran church, and shaped by its urban and global settings. Learn more at Augsburg.edu

Media Advisory: New Augsburg University StepUP Program Director an Expert on Collegiate Recovery

Renee Most joined Augsburg University’s StepUP® Program for students in recovery from substance abuse as its new director in fall 2019, bringing her own experience as an alumna of StepUP and her 15 plus years of clinical work in the field of addiction related issues. 

I am honored to bring my previous experience in the field of recovery to the StepUP community and to continue to strengthen this program,” she said. “My personal experience as a student in the StepUP program made clear to me the power of collegiate recovery programs.”

Renee, who attended Augsburg in 2001-2002, is available for media interviews and has expertise in collegiate recovery and many related subjects, including the opioid crisis, youth binge drinking, and eating disorders. To arrange an interview,  contact: Gita Sitaramiah, director of public relations and internal communications, 612-330-1476. 

Renee has dedicated her career to the field of recovery, serving individuals at:

  • Kodiak Recovery, where she served as Executive Director
  • The Emily Program, as a Clinical Relations Specialist
  • Assistance in Recovery, as an Interventionist and Clinical Case Manager
  • South Washington County Schools, as a Chemical Health Prevention Specialist
  • Hazelden Betty Ford, as a Chemical Dependency Counselor

Renee holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Catherine’s University, is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) and earned a master’s degree in addiction studies from Hazelden Graduate School. 

The Augsburg University StepUP Program is one of the oldest and largest residential collegiate recovery programs in the United States. The program, unique in addressing both mental health and addiction recovery, strives to help students achieve academic success, and thrive in a community of accountability and support. StepUP students fully engage in the Augsburg experience, including study abroad, varsity athletics, student government, and research, while living on campus.

About Augsburg. Augsburg University, celebrating its 150th anniversary, offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and 11 graduate degrees to 3,400 students of diverse backgrounds at its campus in the vibrant center of the Twin Cities and nearby Rochester, Minnesota, location. Augsburg educates students to be informed citizens, thoughtful stewards, critical thinkers, and responsible leaders. An Augsburg education is defined by excellence in the liberal arts and professional studies, guided by the faith and values of the Lutheran church, and shaped by its urban and global settings. Learn more at Augsburg.edu.